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Polikoff, Morgan S.; Porter, Andrew C.; Smithson, John – American Educational Research Journal, 2011
Coherence is the core principle underlying standards-based educational reforms. Assessments aligned with content standards are designed to guide instruction and raise achievement. The authors investigate the coherence of standards-based reform's key instruments using the Surveys of Enacted Curriculum. Analyzing 138 standards-assessment pairs…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Change, High Stakes Tests, State Standards
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Reed, Douglas S. – American Educational Research Journal, 2009
Recent analyses of state-level proficiency standards under No Child Left Behind indicate that states' benchmarks for determining whether a child is proficient in reading and math are widely divergent. This article explores whether the capacity of states to employ different proficiency standards imposes different performance standards across…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, State Standards, Cutting Scores, Benchmarking
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Cawthon, Stephanie W. – American Educational Research Journal, 2007
No Child Left Behind (NCLB) creates a high-stakes environment by holding schools accountable for how all students perform on state assessments, including students with disabilities and students who are English Language Learners. The focus of this article is on the impact of NCLB on students who are deaf or hard of hearing (SDHH). The SDHH have…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Policy, Partial Hearing, Deafness